Luis Linde


"The meteo is the most important variable"

Pilot: Luis Linde
Nationality: Spain
Birth Date: 10.14.81
City: Granada
Country of residence: Spain
Job: IT systems administrator
Glider: NIVIUK Klimber P
Harness: SKYWALK Range X-Alps 2
Helmet: SUPAIR Pilot
Sponsors:  Niviuk, Skywalk SpainDraco Parapente, Als-Sport, XVI Concentración de Vuelo Libre de Loja
Assistant: Samuel Aguilera
Nationality: Spain
Birth Date: 09.05.89
City: Villanueva del Trabuco (Málaga)
Country of residence: Spain


What is your greatest sporting success?
Every achievement in your sporting career has a different meaning. It is clear that you invest the same amount of determination, effort and enthusiasm. But from all of them there is a special one, the one most of us strive for, and that is to fly as far as posible in a single flight. That happened last year, when I crossed the 250km barrier during the Yelmo XC, and it stands as the Andalucian record.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started flying in 2008, always atracted by sports in direct contact with nature. I soon found out that I could fly long distances. That seduced me and I dived straight into the competition world until today. It has become a hallmark in my daily life.

What is your mountaineering experience?
The winter season is when I take full advantage of the high mountains, particularly with some crampons and a piolet in my hands. Sierra Nevada is next to my place, so when I can I escape to do any route, either walking, cross country skiing or flying in any of the peaks.

I love half mountain for mountain biking and trail-running. I am always looking for new places, descents and tracks.

What does your typical training week consist of?
During the week days we alternate work outside with gym work. Besides, I have the privilege of living surrounded by mountains., so the previous day we always plan the load and the route, but looking for fun and of course new places and new routes. I try to go flying on the weekends, if posible, and if it is not, we plan a long trip in half or high mountain. On rest days I normally take the mountain bike or go diving ,  other sports I am passionate about.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
I have had many memories, and very good ones too, particularly in competitions, but it is clear for me that the best are the flights youy share with pilots at the same level as you. Those flights that after many hours and kilometres you can capture in a track which shows all the effort and the experience of a team work, thermalling together, and taking the best decicions in each glide. When the result is a good XC or a new route you had been dreaming about, the minute you touch ground you can't hide a smile and that is when they start becoming good memories.

The worst ones are, regretfully, those in which accidents happen to flying Friends.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
Even before the first edition I was fascinated by that Transpyrenean crossing back in 2010. Every edition of the X-Pyr I have thought about entering, but XC competition and personal life have taken all the time needed to get ready for this type of race. In 2017 I thought about it again and along this year 2018 it has become a personal challenge and my top priority at sporting level. It is clear that if you can't stop thinking about it you shouldn't stop working towards achieving it. And that is how it was!

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
No, it is my first time.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
I have taken part in several tasks during different events within the national circuit. Also,  we spent a few days last summer getting to know the Pyrenees a bit better. When you have a game board this big all you want to do is to fly over each one of its peaks. We will come back before the race!

What will your strategy be during the race?
It is difficult to plan a strategy from right now. Maybe because of that , we are getting ready to plan the strategies two days before we start. We know the meteo is the most important variable within the race, and performing 100%  every day is essential for being there.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The mere adventure of crossing the Pyrenees walking and flying is a motivation in itself and attractive enough. But if I have to look for an incentive I would say that looking for my own personal boundaries, both physical and mental.

What scares you the most about the event?
Finding those boundaries earlier tan expected.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Samuel is an excellent partner for this project, both for the good physical condition he is in due to taking part in mountain bike competitions, and for other values that come with his firefighter profession and his mountain experience. We had very good connection as a team from the minute we started preparing for the race, and that is noticeable in our weekly work.

Anything else you like to comment?
Yes. I would be grateful if maybe someone could bring my swimming trunks over to Port de la Selva